The historic closing of 49 elementary schools in Chicago left many parents bitter and feeling left out as they try to get involved in new schools. Yet parent engagement is essential for school improvement, and principals are faced with the challenge of building trust at schools that scored poorly on surveys of parent involvement.
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In the News: CPS students plan to boycott state test
A group of Chicago high school students plans to boycott part of this week’s state exam, because they say it’s unfair to judge whether their schools are good or not based on one test, WBEZ reports.
Two student-led groups, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools, called on their classmates to walk out of the second day of testing for the Prairie State Achievement Exam, or PSAE, Wednesday. Students take the ACT during the first day and many don’t want to jeopardize their chances at college.
A HARD SELL: The Tribune writes that many of the school buildings that CPS will try to sell will have a hard time finding buyers, which suggests they could end up vacant in neighborhoods struggling with boarded-up houses and crime. Finding new uses and occupants for former school buildings, which have odd spaces such as gymnasiums, auditoriums and large hallways, will be challenging, experts said.
IN THE STATE
SPANISH ONLY: The Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Board announced last week that Spanish will be the only foreign language offered to incoming sixth graders at Caruso and Shepard Middle Schools next year. (Deerfield Patch)
IN THE NATION
FEDERAL FUNDS AND COMMON CORE: Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa wrote a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, asking him to include language in the bill that funds the U.S. Department of Education prohibiting the education secretary from using any of the money in the measure to oversee state implementation of Common Core Standards, develop tests to go along with the standards, or give a leg up in any federal competition to states that adopt the standards. (Education Week)